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Reports: Deron Williams Bought Out by Nets, to Sign with Mavericks

It was reported earlier Friday morning that the Brooklyn Nets and Deron Williams were discussing a possible buyout, with Williams eyeing the Dallas Mavericks as a destination after he was bought out. Well, that scenario is now playing out:

Williams has to clear waivers before he can sign with the Mavericks, but nobody is going to claim that massive contract, so he’ll end up in Dallas. The Nets are paying him quite a bit of cash to go away:

This will help ease the Nets’ massive payroll burden:

Brooklyn would love to be able to rid themselves of Joe Johnson as well. Johnson is owed nearly $25 million on an expiring contract for next season.

For the Mavericks, they get a player they coveted in 2012 before the point guard signed a five-year, $99 million deal to stay with the Nets. Of course, the current version of Williams isn’t that version of Williams after numerous injuries, although perhaps he’ll be rejuvenated playing in a different situation in his home state. The relationship with Rick Carlisle will be something to monitor, as Williams has clashed with several coaches and Carlisle won’t take any funny business.

Dallas is trying to recover after DeAndre Jordan‘s reneged commitment, and the Mavericks are looking like a borderline playoff team at this point. And that’s a best-case scenario.

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